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Originally Posted by BobFiggins View Post
 

I would love to wake up one day and have conquered treble and enjoy all the detail in the upper end. It's a combination of being sensitive to bright treble, and having all my music in 320kbps, which does not help.

 

Slowly making a FLAC collection. Is there any way to just buy every song you like in FLAC? I don't like to buy albums because I usually only like 2-3 songs per artist. Also, TIDAL doesn't have a lot of the music I like, so it's not ideal. I assume eventually their collection will expand and I'll end up using that.


Pono Music Store looks good for single tracks and has 24bit sometimes

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Originally Posted by dazzerfong View Post
 


HDTracks has a fair few, but it's still a far cry from 'every song'. Realistically, you don't have much of a choice, because iTunes is AAC, and Amazon/Google Music is MP3. I'll be honest though, unless you play on re-encoding your MP3 a few times, I can't tell the difference between the two with the HD700. That's assuming that both rips were from CD's, one FLAC, one MP3 @ 320 kpbs. Your ears might be more 'golden' than mine though. :)

I don't notice much, if any difference (really depends on the song) between lossless and 320. However, with that said, sibilance seems greatly reduced on lossless. Though even though it's reduced, it's still extremely bright.

 

For those who aren't sensitive to treble, lossless + well mastered music is probably quite wonderful with the HD700. 

 

I find I'm quite fine with lossless music with no EQ, as long as my volume is low to medium. It's very possible I just listen to music too loud. 

 

With Valhalla 2, the dial is at 12 o'clock (low gain). That's my comfortable volume.


Edited by BobFiggins - Yesterday at 7:35 pm
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Originally Posted by BobFiggins View Post
 

I don't notice much, if any difference (really depends on the song) between lossless and 320. However, with that said, sibilance seems greatly reduced on lossless. Though even though it's reduced, it's still extremely bright.

 

For those who aren't sensitive to treble, lossless + well mastered music is probably quite wonderful with the HD700. 

 

I find I'm quite fine with lossless music with no EQ, as long as my volume is low to medium. It's very possible I just listen to music too loud. 

 

With Valhalla 2, the dial is at 12 o'clock (low gain). That's my comfortable volume.

Time for a foobar ABX test? I need an excuse to use FLAC on my phone. :)

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So, another pretty noob question here. Do aftermarket cables actually help anything? Such as silver, copper, extra insulated etc? This goes for headphone cables, RCA, optical, usb.

 

Thinking about investing in good cables, nothing serious like new moon audio cables, but perhaps used ones, or ones that are better than Monoprice stuff. Don't want to waste my money though if there is absolutely no difference, or purely placebo.

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The cable that comes with the HD700 has a good audio quality. I only got an aftermarket cable because I need a short one with 3.5 mm plug. And for me they sound the same. But cables are a big big issue for others here wink.gif
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Originally Posted by pietcux View Post

The cable that comes with the HD700 has a good audio quality. I only got an aftermarket cable because I need a short one with 3.5 mm plug. And for me they sound the same. But cables are a big big issue for others here wink.gif

Same reason why I get 3rd party cables too, I need shorter ones, like 1.2m to 1.5m length, for when I sit at my desk listening to music, watching a movie or simply just chilling to some great songs. Presently looking for a 1.3m cable for my HD700 and a similar length one for my K812.

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Originally Posted by mikey1964 View Post
 

Same reason why I get 3rd party cables too, I need shorter ones, like 1.2m to 1.5m length, for when I sit at my desk listening to music, watching a movie or simply just chilling to some great songs. Presently looking for a 1.3m cable for my HD700 and a similar length one for my K812.

I had the same concern when I bought them but now I don't use my amp from a desk, so a longer cable is better.

 

The cheapest one I found was $33.50 on eBay.

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I had the NFB-11 until recently (with HD700). Nice soundstage and excellent detail. NFB-11 is supposed to be bright but was good for me. I think it's a good value DAC/amp, if you can find one for a good price.

 

Ideally I would have kept it, but using just an amp was more convenient in my setup, and the NFB-11 needed a voltage converter for where I currently am.

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Originally Posted by Rob80b View Post
 

I’m also using the original cable terminated with a Neutrik 4 pin XLR and originally didn’t notice a big difference if any with single ended (I made up a female 4 i XLR to 1/4" adapter) once the levels were matched off my Bryston BHA-1.

 

But…the cable developed an intermittent fault with the right side, either at the mini connector or the Y junction and Sennheiser were great enough offer to replace the cable under warranty even though I installed the XLR..anyway I picked up another OEM cable off ebay while waiting for its return.

Last week I received the replacement cable, they also returned my Neutrik XLR (Thank you Sennheiser) so I re-terminated the new cable and dammed if I do not perceive an improvement over the single ended connection contrary to my initial observations.

Now it may be that my original cable may have had a fault right from the start, placebo??... but I'll do some further comparisons now that I have a balanced and single ended stock cables.

This is impressive from Sennheiser. Many companies would use something like this (modification) as an excuse, even though it definitely isn't the cause of the problem. For example, I rooted a HTC phone and later there was a fault with a physical button, but HTC refused.

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Originally Posted by Aeneas View Post

This is impressive from Sennheiser. Many companies would use something like this (modification) as an excuse, even though it definitely isn't the cause of the problem. For example, I rooted a HTC phone and later there was a fault with a physical button, but HTC refused.

Depending on where you're from, HTC is in the wrong. Though, you can always unroot your phone to claim back warranty.
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Originally Posted by BobFiggins View Post

So, another pretty noob question here. Do aftermarket cables actually help anything? Such as silver, copper, extra insulated etc? This goes for headphone cables, RCA, optical, usb.

Thinking about investing in good cables, nothing serious like new moon audio cables, but perhaps used ones, or ones that are better than Monoprice stuff. Don't want to waste my money though if there is absolutely no difference, or purely placebo.

Scientifically, not much difference, unless the cable was terrible. The cable is not. HOWEVER, if you want a cable that doesn't want to make you murder it, go for it.
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Quick question for those of you that have listened through the BH Crack. Does the speedball upgrade improve anything with these cans or is it a step in the other direction? I know the general consensus with the 600/650 is that the speedball lowers the noise floor and tightens everything up and is a good upgrade all around. The lower impedance and higher sensitivity of the HD700 make me wonder if the speedball will negatively impact the sound. I finished my Crack build a couple of weeks ago and it is stellar in stock form with the HD700, just wondering if it could be a case of I don't know what I am missing. 

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